Let’s get one thing out of the way right now, Ladies and Gents: When it comes to acting, there are few heavy-hitters that can go toe-to-toe with master thespian Nestor Carbonell. In four action-packed seasons of the classic television series Lost, Carbonell took the character of Richard Alpert – in what was originally intended to be a more minimal part – and floored the accelerator in best Steve McQueen Bullit-style, stealing many a-scene from his talented co-stars and (most importantly) finding a humanity in a seemingly immortal character that was only hinted at on the written page. The dude dropped the mic routinely on the Jeffrey Lieber/J.J. Abrams/Damon Lindelof created series, leaving in his wake a contingent of fans chomping at the bit for whichever project he opted to work on after Lost concluded its run. Turns out all of us Carbon-Heads (as I have officially decided to coin us) didn’t have too long of a wait: From the tropical environs of Lost, Carbonell made his way into such high-profile A-List gigs as The Dark Knight Rises, Bates Motel, Ray Donovan and The Morning Show. Not one to rest too long on his laurels, Carbon-Heads can next look for this versatile actor in the upcoming film Bandit, according to our Smokey and the Bandit aficionados over at The Hollywood Reporter.
Bandit, which will co-star actors Mel Gibson (The Year of Living Dangerously, The River), Elisha Cuthbert (24, The Ranch) and Josh Duhamel (Battle Creek, Bravetown), is based off of the true story of a fellow named Gilbert Galvan Jr. who pulled off 63 bank and jewelry heists and became widely known as The Flying Bandit. The film is being directed by Allan Ungar of Tapped Out and Gridlocked fame from a script by Kraig Wenman. Carbonell will be essaying the role of the detective that leads the cross-country hunt for Galvan (played by Duhamel).
The good souls handling the production of Bandit are Jordan Yale Levine and Jordan Beckerman of production house Yale Productions. Not to be left out in the cold, Eric Gozlan of production shingle Goldrush Entertainment and Ryan Donnell Smith of Thomasville Pictures will be jumping into the fray to assist on the production level.
While you’re waiting to see Nestor Carbonell in Bandit, do yourself a favor and check the actor out in the September 17 premiere of season two of The Morning Show. Tell ‘em Vents sent you!